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Only NISL Player Passes and NISL Coach Passes are valid

Any NISL registered player from your NISL Club/Organization is allowed to play on the age appropriate team providing he is in good standing and not under suspension.

Game Roster

  • 11 v 11 is limited to a maximum of 18 and a minimum of 14 players dressed in uniform per game.
  • 9 v 9 is limited to a maximum of 16 and a minimum of 12 players dressed in uniform per game.
  • Failure to have minimum number will result in a $100.00 fine per player.
  • Teams will forfeit games due to insufficient numbers of players and will be fined $300.00 per game.
  • Uniform NUMBERS must match the player’s name on the game card.

Per NISL/US Club Soccer rules players are only permitted to play a total of ONE U.S. Club Soccer NPL game per day.

No guest players. All players must be registered with a NISL Club and NISL League and in possession of a NISL sanctioned ID card. (NO Card, NO Play)


  • No coaching other than the conveying of tactical instruction is permitted during the game.
  • The head coach is responsible for the actions of all persons associated with the team. The head coach shall ensure that no such person violates the coaching restriction. Violations by any person including spectators associated with the team will be deemed the action of the head coach.
  • The Technical Area extends one yard on either side of the designated seated area and extends forward up to a distance of one yard from the touchline.
  • A maximum of 3 Coaches/Managers Must have (US Club/NISL passes) are permitted in the technical area/team side of the field.
  • Only 1 person at a time is authorized to convey tactical instructions, and must return to their position after giving such instructions. The coach and other officials must remain within the confines of the technical area except in special circumstances.

If a player, coach or bench personnel are involved in a fight they shall be ejected and suspended for two games and pay subsequent fines. If the individual is involved in a second fight during the season they be suspended for the remainder of the season, including post season.

  • If bench players leave the technical area to become involved in a fight, that team forfeits the match and losses 3 points in the table.
  • I.S.L. will investigate for other possible sanctions.
    1. Ex. Team removal from NISL

Red Cards

Players receiving a red card for fighting

1st offense - $70 fine + 2 game suspension

2nd offense - $100 fine + 5 game suspension

Players receiving a red card

1st offense - $50 fine + 1 game suspension

2nd offense - $75 fine + 3 game suspension

Coach being dismissed from the game

1st offense - $200 fine + 1-game suspension

2nd offense - $300 fine + 2-game suspension


There is no postponement of games by teams. The only person permitting a reschedule will be for weather or ground condition and will be determined by the Schaumburg Park District. Teams that NO SHOW - will a forfeit the game, the club will be fined $300, All games must be played even rescheduled games.

All games are scheduled to begin on time. There is no coin toss. The home team is listed first on the schedule and will determine direction. The visiting team is listed second on the schedule and will kick off. Games are U12 2 x 35 minutes & U13 thru U18 2 x 40 with a running clock. Halves will finish on time. If there is a significant stoppage time (injury or force of nature) time can be added to the game. There is no warm-up on the field. The starting line-up is to be ready by game time


There is no substitution by the winning team in the last 5 minutes of the game.

If teams attempt to fake injury to permit substitution, the player will receive a yellow card for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Teams are permitted to have unlimited substitution

All participating clubs/teams/organizations are expected to “Honor the Game”

Respect the Rules of Competition and the Game.

Respect the officials

Respect your opponents

Respect your teammates and the other team

No coach, player, parent or team representative other then the team captain shall approach or speak to the center referee before the game, at the interval between periods, or after the game unless summoned by the center referee.

  • PENALTY- Upon the first occurrence, the referee shall instruct the coach to return to the technical area. If the coach persists, or upon a second infraction, a caution shall be issued. On a third occurrence, an ejection shall be issue

Team Uninform conflict

  • Home team are to wear their light kit
  • Away team is to wear their dark kit
  • If uniform colors conflict (Home and Away) clubs are responsible for working towards a reasonable

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